NYC Pride Parade By Carlos Varela


NYC Pride Parade

By Carlos Varela

Hi Everyone!

My name is Carlos Andres Varela and I am a professional wedding and fashion photographer and have been an avid street photographer for the last several years. This is my first submission to a blog or website that features work that I was not hired to shoot.

I’ve been a Canon shooter for over a decade, but a few years ago, feeling a bit burned out and looking for something new (and not wanting to carry my heavy DSLR everywhere), I bought my first Leica -the Leica M9- and fell in love with using a rangefinder. Although not the perfect camera by far it was the most fun and pleasurable experience I had had in a long time. Thus began my journey, a journey of needing to shoot street and travel photography for my own pleasure on an almost daily basis.

I later went on to buy the M240 and the Fuji X-T1.

When I first got the X-T1 I loved it and used it non-stop for about 3 months but in the end I missed shooting with a rangefinder. If it wasn’t that I love shooting with my Leica’s, I would not have stopped using the Fuji. I feel it is the best general purpose semi-professional camera out there (If you take into account size, weight, functions, usability etc…) but the pleasure of snapping a picture is still much greater -for me- with my Leica rangefinders.

These NYC 2015 Pride Parade pictures were taken with both Leica’s (M9 and M240) and with either the Voigtlander 28mm f/2.0 or Zeiss 50mm f/1.5 Sonnar.  Processed using Lightroom CC.




























I’m currently in the process of renovating my website ( -I shoot weddings with my Canons-) and creating a few more with my fine art work (represented by Vogelsang Gallery -Mostly using Phase one’s or Hasselblad’s), Street photography (mostly using my Leica’s), Events (Canon’s again) and Fashion (all will be separate websites).

In the meantime you can see more of my street photography via my instagram account:

and a few more of the parade on my FB:

Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.

Carlos Andres


  1. great photography however the B&W doesn’t do this justice. This is an event that screams for color

  2. The most colorful event — on many levels — photographed in black and white… personally, I don’t get it. The first 2 color photos alone beat the rest IMHO. Thanks for sharing though.

  3. It’s always difficult to photography this type of event, as there are so many people around and so much happening. Personally, I don’t like the artistic choice to photograph such a bright colourful event in black and white, which seems counter-intuitive to me.

  4. Regardless of how your state voted, coming to a city near you.
    Welcome to Post-Constitutional America…

    • As long as you have all your rights then the constitution is working perfectly, but a soon as someone else gets to share those same rights the constitution is being broken.

  5. You certainly captured the energy with stills -not an easy thing to do !

  6. i enjoy shooting street events however this is truly disgusting; some very disturbed folks.

  7. Wonderful, storytelling photos. I am a wedding-portrait photographer from Chicago who also is an avid street shooter and I covered the pride parade in Chicago. Your photos are really great, inspired me to submit some of my photos too. Keep up the great work,

  8. The pride event is so much fun to photograph.

    I really enjoyed the images of your event.

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